Title

The Hardest Hate: A Sociological Analysis of Country Hate Music

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2007

Publication Source

Popular Music and Society

Abstract

This research offers an ethno‐musicological content analysis of country hate music from the 1960s. This analysis explains hate motivation in music by examining lyrics and musical themes in 23 songs. This research considers how white racial extremists use music to advance their goals and movement objectives through lyrics that dehumanize African‐Americans and create imagery of white unity and solidarity. Most of the scholarly literature on “hate music” examines bands from the 1970s, such as the English band Skrewdriver, and hate‐motivated heavy metal and racist skinhead music (Cotter). This study breaks new ground by examining an all‐but‐ignored time period in the history of the music of white racial extremists.

Inclusive pages

513-531

ISBN/ISSN

0300-7766

Comments

Permission documentation is on file.

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Volume

30

Issue

4

Peer Reviewed

yes